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Second half of 2014 begins on a positive note for the Logistics Confidence Index
23/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for July appears to mirror an uncertain economic environment. Since February of this year, the overall Index has increased one month and then declined the next reaching its high so far this year in May at 57.9. For the current month, the index is up 0.9 points over June to 56.1.... read more.

Competition in e-retailing makes life tougher for Royal Mail
22/Jul/2014 by Thomas Cullen.

Perhaps it is too much of a stretch to connect the tougher competition that the Royal Mail is facing with the prospect of heavy investment by UPS in Europe, but it is still tempting.... read more.

European road freight rates: the cost to supply economic growth
22/Jul/2014 by Nick Bailey.

European road freight rates provide us with an indicator of wider economic prosperity. The fortunes of those operating in the European road freight industry are intertwined with economic growth and, in particular, the success, or lack thereof, of the region’s retailers and manufacturers.... read more.

Werner’s Chinese investment may prove beneficial at home
21/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.

US trucking seeks out further opportunities in China as Werner Enterprises invests in China’s Hercules Logistics in a move that may bring growth at home.... read more.

Alibaba adds China Shipping to its e-commerce mix
17/Jul/2014 by Michael Clover.

China Shipping has entered into a cooperation agreement with Alibaba to establish a global e-commerce integrated logistics platform to enhance its international e-commerce operation. However, questions remain over whether or not this will make Alibaba's logistics solution truly competitive.... read more.

K+N sees underlying forwarding profits grow but not as fast as volumes
16/Jul/2014 by Thomas Cullen.

The increase in sea and air freight volumes across the freight forwarding businesses of Kuehne and Nagel over the past quarter ought to be a sign of a healthy market.... read more.

Profound changes underway in the US contract logistics market
14/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.

In today’s changing retail environment, it’s all about providing the best customer service which includes offering options for the customer. These options have resulted in profound changes in contract logistics, changes explored in Ti's latest report.... read more.

Contract logistics to motor on with Chinese car manufacturing
10/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.

China’s automobile market is an example of an industry in which the need for advanced logistics services is creating more and more opportunities for contract logistics providers. Ti's latest report suggests that similar opportunites will continue to grow in the short to medium term.... read more.

Rebellion and war threatens the success of the Gulf logistics economy
08/Jul/2014 by Thomas Cullen.

The war in Syria and Iraq is devastating logistics in the north of the Middle-East. It is not just the truck routes between Turkey and the Gulf that have been affected.... read more.

Still waiting for a West Coast ports labor agreement
07/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.

Negotiations continue towards a new coast-wide contract between The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and each has pledged no disruptions. However, shippers remember all too well the 2002 port strike that lasted two weeks and ended only when the President of the United States invoked the Taft-Hartley Act.... read more.

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